(ed: i am sure the stats here in new zealand will tell a similar story…
of victorian pictures/tales of misery/hopelessness..
and this in a country as rich as new zealand is..
and in these far from victorian times – not one of our citizens should be staring down that head/body-fucking abyss that is longterm poverty/homelessness..
but of course we cannot forget that as far as those who are holding the power to effect these needed changes – there is not much to be seen..
from either labour or the tories..
and yes..it is great that smaller parties have progressive policies/beliefs..but until one or other of the major parties take them on board – they remain just pipe-dreams – nothing will happen/change..
and as for the tories -as a group/institutionally-speaking – they just ‘don’t care’..(going on their history/record – surely we can take that as a given..?)
which brings us to our only other option – labour..
and i don’t know what annoys me more – the tories being quite nonchalant in that (when/wherever possible) ‘fuck-the-poor!’ ethos/mindset..
or labour..who pretend to care..but who in recent decades/memory have mouthed the words..then done just the opposite..or nothing..
and labour had better not forget that is where they are coming from..(and which explains their trump-core/true-believers’ poll-numbers/support..)
and they have to show/prove (the easiest way of course is by corbanesque policies/promises) running up to the election..that they truly are the harbingers of change we so desperately need..
and they have yet to begin that process..
and just quietly – more money for health..more money for education..building some more houses..worthy tho’ they may be in their own right..sure as hell ain’t gonna set the electorate alight…that much i do know..
and then you consider the pillar of their education-policy – some free tertiary-education if we elect them now..and then re-elect them twice more..(!)..(which has to set a new benchmark in neoliberal-incrementalism/delayed-gratification..)
so..they had better get a rattle on/start burning the midnight (policy) lamp..eh..?..
‘cos if they don’t..and if they just serve up those same-old same-old lukewarm/tasteless centrist/incrementalist policies they have until now..?
well then they will more than likely just hand the election to the tories..
or at the very least shrink nearer the size of those (likely to expand into that policy-vacuum they have left) minor parties they need to have any chance to win office..
still first – but first amongst those those much more equal to them than now)
The number of families being declared homeless has rocketed by more a third since the Conservatives took power in 2010, analysis of new official statistics by The Independent has revealed. Between April 2016 and March 2017, 59,100 families were declared homeless by local authorities in England – a rise of 34 per cent on the same period in 2010-11. The statistics paint a bleak picture of the UK housing crisis and the impact a lack of decent, affordable homes is having on thousands of families.